Retail

Inflation Remains Muted and Retail Sales Fall

The Conference Board of Canada’s Economics Director Matthew Stewart offers the following insights on today’s consumer price index and retail sales data: Quote “Inflation remained weak in February and retail sales declined for the third month in a row. This slow start to the year is inline wit ...

18 ways the federal budget will affect your wallet in 2019

The 2019 federal budget is full of winners and losers. In fact, everyone from first-time home buyers, to seniors, to workers looking to upgrade their skills walked away with money in their pocket. But small business and high-income earners? Not so much. Here are 18 key ways the federal budget will ...

Market Update. Investors buy the rumour of a US-China trade deal

Canadian, U.S., China and global markets continued their rally from late December into February. Why? Investors are optimistic that a trade deal between China and the U.S. will finally get signed — giving a bit more predictability to the global economy. But that’s not all. These are some of the ...

Here's A Gem In Apparel Retail

Market Recap for Friday, March 15, 2019 It was another solid day for the bulls to close out last week.  It was also quad-witching options expiration Friday, which typically results in much-heavier-than-usual volume.  Volume was certainly heavy on Friday.  Leadership was found in the aggressive ...

Tech Talk for Monday March 18th 2019

Pre-opening Comments for Monday March 18th U.S. equity index futures were higher this morning. S&P 500 futures were up 2 points in pre-opening trade. Index futures responded partially to a 2.47% gain by the Shanghai Composite Index in overnight trade. WTI Crude Oil added $0.15 to $58.72 after OPEC ...

The Future of Retail

The family recently took a ‘trip’ through an Indigo (revamped Chapters) store for a Paw Patrol event and to my family’s eye rolling, it got my head spinning on various investment implications regarding names such as Indigo (IDG), Spin Master (TOY), the current state of retail and the future of ...

Tech Talk for Tuesday March 12th 2019

Pre-opening Comments for Tuesday March 12th U.S. equity index futures were mixed this morning. S&P 500 futures were unchanged in pre-opening trade. Index futures were virtually unchanged following release of the February Consumer Price Index at 8:30 AM EDT. Consensus was an increase of 0.2% versus ...

Why Canada needs open banking

In January, the Department of Finance quietly released what could end up being one of its most significant consultation papers. It’s looking into whether it should mandate open banking, a little known—at least in Canada—initiative that has the potential to dramatically disrupt our banking sec ...

Tech Talk for Monday March 11th 2019

Pre-opening Comments for Monday March 11th U.S. equity index futures were higher this morning. S&P 500 futures up 4 points in pre-opening trade. Index futures were virtually unchanged following release of January Retail Sales report. Consensus was a decrease of 0.1% versus a revised drop of 1.6% i ...

March PrefLetter Released!

The March, 2019, edition of PrefLetter has been released and is now available for purchase as the “Previous edition”. Those who subscribe for a full year receive the “Previous edition” as a bonus. PrefLetter may now be purchased by all Canadian residents. Until further notice, the “Previo ...